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Author Archives: Somer Brown


There is No Negligence in the Air: The Opioid Crisis as a Consequence of State Failures

By Somer Brown

Last week, the O’Neill Institute held an event titled: “Applying the Evidence: Legal and Policy Approaches to Address Opioid Use Disorder in the Criminal Justice and Child Welfare Settings.” At this event, policymakers and stakeholders discussed strategies to implement a preventative, restorative approach to the opioid crisis.  During the event, moderator Michael Botticelli noted that […]

Thematic Areas: Addiction & Public Policy


Family Separation Isn’t New in the U.S.

By Somer Brown

On October 3, the ACLU filed a class action lawsuit seeking damages on behalf of the children and parents “who were forcibly torn from each other under the Trump administration’s illegal practice of separating families at the border.” The complaint discusses the traumatic effects that even brief family separation has on children. Family separation in […]

Thematic Areas: Addiction & Public Policy

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